La Kama is a Moroccan spice mixture that is very popular in Tangier. It is altogether simpler than the complex ras el hanout and features a modest five spices. Use it to flavour soups and stews or as a rub with chicken or lamb.

Recipe for La Kama


  • 2.5 cm (1 inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Dry-fry or roast the cinnamon and peppercorns in a heavy grying pan over medium heat to release their flavour. Grind the roasted spices to a powder and mix with the ginger, turmeric and nutmeg. Use at once or store in an airtight jar, away from heat or light.

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